The Global Talent Stream offers timely, responsive and predictable client-focused service to help you access highly-skilled global talent to expand your workforce here in Canada and to be competitive on a global scale. This Stream, which is a part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, is designed for innovative firms in Canada that are referred to Employment and Social Development Canada by a designated referral partner and that need unique and specialized foreign nationals in order to scale-up and grow. It is also intended for firms in Canada that need to fill an in-demand highly-skilled position on the Global Talent Occupations List.
Eligibility for the Global Talent Stream
You may be eligible for Category A of the Global Talent Stream if you have been referred to the Global Talent Stream by one of the Stream’s designated partners and if you are hiring an individual with unique and specialized talent.
You may be eligible for Category B of the Global Talent Stream if you are seeking to hire highly-skilled foreign workers to fill positions in in-demand occupations found on the Global Talent Occupations List. A referral is not required to be eligible for Category B.
As an employer applying through the Global Talent Stream, you must comply with the Program requirements for the Global Talent Stream. You must also uphold the conditions and rules set out in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act regarding hiring a temporary foreign worker.
The Temporary Foreign Worker Program has measures in place to verify and ensure employers’ compliance with these requirements, and employers who fail to do so will be subject to consequences for non-compliance.